In Italian, the word "biscotto" means "biscuit" or "cookie." More specifically,
biscotti are named according to their original method of baking. The root words "bis" and "cotto"
literally mean "twice" and "baked." When Italians first created biscotti in the region of Tuscany
many centuries ago, they were careful to bake the cookies twice, in order to form their unique shape
and allow the cookies to develop their signature crisp texture. Over the years, these methods became
standard practice. Bakers shape the dough into a log, bake it, evenly slice it into cookies (hopefully
without crumbling), and then toast and turn the cookies again until they are perfect.
Unfortunately, the traditional way of making biscotti can be time consuming, expensive, and rather inefficient.
In an effort to eliminate the tedious steps associated with making and enjoying biscotti, the Pipe and Bake System
was created. The dough is piped directly into a specially designed pan and the cookies are baked -- no slicing
or toasting required.
The One Step Biscotti Baker was inspired and designed by a pastry chef and an engineer who were
searching for a more efficient way to create biscotti with the same elegance and presentation as those
found in fine Italian bakeries. The result is a pan that reduces unnecessary steps and allows anyone
the freedom and tools to enjoy these delicious cookies. If Leonardo da Vinci thought of this pan, the "pipe and bake"
method probably would have been used for the last 500 years to make biscotti!
Now you too have the opportunity to create these charming Italian cookies in one easy step. They are ideal
additions to any dessert menu and are especially enjoyable when consumed with coffee, espresso, or dessert wines.
With a tremendous variety of recipes to choose from and an infinite number of ways to decorate them, biscotti are
a creative gift alternative and an excellent way to bring a little bit of Italy into your home.